MAXA MEC 2012 Forum

9 November 2012 – About 150 professionals from the Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement field in the local MNC manufacturing community convened at the annual MAXA Manufacturing Excellence Community (MEC) Forum this year on 9 November, held at the SMU Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium.

With the theme of the Forum as “Going Lean in Manufacturing”, MEC 2012 was one of the highly awaited forums this year, with Dr Jim Womack as keynote speaker in Singapore for the first time. Dr Jim Womack was the author of the classic must-read book on Lean Manufacturing – “The Machine that Changed the World”, and founder of the Lean Enterprise Institute in US.

Dr Womack shared on the importance of lean management, and the comparisons between lean and modern management, a topic of growing interest among manufacturing companies in Singapore. He also advocated the spirit of gemba walks by line managers as the first step to problem-solving, i.e. go see-ask why-show respect.

Complementary to the observational skills that line managers are required, IBM’s topic on analytics in manufacturing also covered the importance of referring to intelligent use of analytics to have quicker and better understanding of severity of problems.

To wrap up, a CI practitioner from BD Medical shared their framework on lean strategy and deployment in their local office.

The Forum participants shared very encouraging feedback on how they have benefited from the event, and looked forward to the next event.

Organized by Economic Development Board and Singapore Manufacturing Federation, the MAXA MEC event is a great platform for like-minded OE and CI professionals to network, exchange and share best practices, and learn from world-class speakers and practitioners.

Dr Jim Womack
MEC 2012 Plant Tours

As part of the inspirational learning journey advocated in MEC, three concurrent best practice sharing and plant tour visits were held respectively at Rolls Royce, Makino Asia and Keppel FELS. In total, about 100 participants from the MEC Forum followed through the plant tours in the afternoon, and learned about each site’s lean practices, and MAXA or operational excellence efforts.

The tour participants found the viewing of the operations, and sharing of best practices highly valuable.


MEC 2012 Workshop – “The Extended Value Stream” with Dr Jim Womack

To teach line managers the art of Gemba walk and the importance of extended value stream, Dr Jim Womack together with GSK Singapore hosted a 1.5 days’ workshop for 25 participants at their GSK Amoxicillin plant at Quality Road on November, 7-8.

Using GSK’s plant as a reference, the workshop participants were led through first, the theory and later, the gemba walk practice right at GSK’s premise, followed by the value stream mapping of current and future state to close the performance gaps.

Dr Womack advocates cross-function, cross-enterprise Gemba walk to identify the enormous opportunities for creating more value with lesser resources.


MEC GSK Group Photo